LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: On Wednesday evening week the Minor "B" Hurling league Final played in Clara marked the official closing of the Clara grounds whilst development work begins. In the game where Tullougher Robercon opened the scoring with a point, the amalgamated side was 2-0 to 0-1 ahead at the start of the second quarter after Peter Hennessey and William Phelan goals. After striking four wides in that period the pendulum swung Tulloughers way and within five minutes the side were 1-4 to 2-0 head. After a string of three wides the pendulum swung Galmoy Windgap's way again and two Peter Hennessey points saw the side back ahead by 2-4 to 1-4 five minutes before the break. From there to the half time whistle the sides had three alternative scoring chances each, with both sides showing a sixty six percent strike rate to leave a goal between the sides at 2-6 to 1-6 in favour of Windgap. In an even and well contested third quarter the sides were tied at 2-7 and 2-8 apiece after Tullougher had briefly hit the front only to be pulled back. With just eight minutes to go the erners made a big break for victory when they goaled through to lead 3-8 to 2-8. In an instant reply Niall Walsh, Peter Hennessey and William Phelan had the sides tied 2-11 to 3-8 before substitute David Doyle defied his normal corner and fullback position he goaled to set his side 3-11 to 3-8 in front. In the remaining minutes the Tullougher side attacking in waves searched to no avail for an equaliser. On the night when the senior players from both sides were well held it was the younger members who showed the versatility and hunger to record the sides win. After the game the joint captains Daniel Cashin and Jason Stanley were presented with the competition shield by Bord na nÓg representative Joe Pyke. Simon Brophy, Gerry Drennan, Jimmy Duggan and Michael O'Shea managed the side. For all the match details see Gerry Drennans report in the Sports pages.
ZAMBIA CLOTHES COLLECTION: Callan CBS is looking for donations of unwanted clothes, linen, books and shoes. All funds raised will be going towards the Zambia Immersion Project. Three staff members will accompany eleven 5th year students to Zambia next Easter where they will spent time helping in schools, orphanages and hospices. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Contact Darragh O'Shea at 0872609749 or leave donation bags in to Callan CBS.
UNDER EIGHT HURLING: Last Saturday week the Under 8 hurling team travelled to Roanmore to take part in their 18th Annual Charity Hurling Blitz in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. At the seven a-side competition with teams from Waterford, Kilkenny, Dublin, Wexford, Cork and Tipperary. Windgap were grouped with teams from St Patrick’s of Camolin-Ballycanew, Wexford; St Martin’s of Piercetown, Wexford and the Rower/Inistioge. The lads won their opening match against St Pat’s by a single score. St Martin's narrowly beat them in the second match. Their final match against the Rower/Inistioge was a cracker with the Rower keeper pulling off a number of fine saves to prevent Windgap from winning the match. The squad included Jack O’Shea, James Purcell, Ronan O’Brien, Shane Lomax, Michael Freaney, Matej Dullard, Noah O’Shea, Evan Doyle, Eoin O’Shea, Cian O’Rourke, Darragh Doyle, Conor Doyle, George Culleton and Paddy Fleming. (Jack Treacy was the only member of the group missing on the day). Former president of the GAA, Sean Kelly presented the team with medals on the day and they all enjoyed some light refreshments afterwards.
WALKING ON THE ONE PATH: On Thursday last Shay Powers crew, the local TÚS worker and volunteers in the village in Windgap carried out an amount of work. The main project was the creation of an eighty-metre pathway linking the car park at the lake to the amenity walk. It in turn creates two loop walks from the lake into the amenity area and back via the front of the school or the longer trip taking in the local sportsfield and its amenities.
PLAYGROUND PLANS: The long journey to provide a playground in the locality took a step forward when the Planning Application Notice was posted recently. Part of a many-pronged project it involves a lease of the ground being concluded, grant funding being sought and supporting finance being raised.
TABLET OF STONE: The next local project involves the re-location of the newly carved stone with the words of local poet Dai Walsh's verse celebrating the riches of the Grotto overlooking the village and the surrounding countryside
LIVE ON TWITTER: Windgap GAA went live on Twitter just thirty six hours before the areas Super Saturday of Championship action with the Senior Camogies lining out in Windgap at midday against the Rower Inistioge and the junior hurlers playing Lisdowney in Palmerstown. To follow all the Hurling, Camogie, Handball and Football News from Windgap on Twitter follow Windgap GAA @WindgapGAA
SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Scoil Shan Nicolas, Windgap National school achieved an impressive victory over Graiguenamanagh in the first round of the Cumman na Mbunscoil football competition when they had a good win over Graiguenamangh at the Barrowside venue. The side was under direction of their teachers Mrs. Cadwell and Mrs. Lowry.
CHAMPIONSHIP D DAY: Saturday was championship D Day for both the Hurling and Camogie Clubs adult sides when the Senior Camogie side played host to the Rower Inistioge at midday in Windgap and the Junior Hurlers played championship favourites Lisdowney in Palmerstown at 4.30pm. A win for both sides would have seen them qualify for their respective semi finals with a County semi-final appearance in Nowlan Park for the Hurlers and a clash with Thomastown for the ladies. However it was not to be with the hurlers performing well before two late Lisdowney goals put a lobsided appearance on the scoreboard. In the Camogie game the side with a substantial portion of the play never had the same hunger or will to win as the Intermediate champions of 2012.
GALMOY WINDGAP: At underage level the refixed Galmoy Windgap minor hurling championship tie with Graigueballycallan takes place on the weekend of 28th of September.
BRONZE MEDAL RETAINED: With three additional points Tullahought with a adjudicators marking of 301 broke the 300 points barrier for the first when the 2013 results were announced at the National Super Value Tidy Towns Awards ceremony in the Helix on Monday last. In addition to the national Award the community secured the award for Kilkenny's tidiest village and was in third place in the county behind Kilkenny City and just a point behind Inistioge. Representing the community at the event were Richard Walsh, Eamon Doyle and Mary Egan. A meeting of the group to review the results will take place in Tullahought Community Centre at 8pm and all are welcome.
CAMOGIE ALL IRELAND: The local club ran a full size bus to Croke Park on Sunday week to support the Kilkenny Senior Camogie side that played Galway in the All Ireland Final. They were joined by a large number of locals who travelled up on the Saturday evening and Sunday to support local players Denise Gaule who lined out at full forward and panel member Niamh Bambrick.
BRIDGE: RESULTS: Outstanding results from the Killamery Bridge club game in the Aulde House in Killamery were, 1st. Kitty Meagher and Rita Houlihan. Best Gross; Catherine Burke and Helen Lanigan. 2nd. Moira Hickey and Rita Phelan, 3rd. Mary Joy and Mary Walsh
HURLING IN WICKLOW: Former Club player Thomas Enright lined out at corner back for Greystones when they regained the county Junior title they last held in 2010. In the game they defeated Avondale in the county Grounds in Aughrim.
HANDBALL FINALISTS: In the boys U17 Doubles Windgap's Darragh O'Shea & Mark Dowling (Mothel) defeated Stanley Harte and Patrick Fox from Sligo 21-8, 21-12 in their All Ireland semi Final. They now face Shane Murphy & Ben Walsh from Limerick. GU15D: Caoimhe O'Shea and Aoife Walsh (Kells) got a walkover from Shannon Cummins & Emily Sweeney (Mayo) in the All Ireland Semi Final. They now face Cathy Foley and Clodagh Neville from Limerick in the All Ireland Final. Both finals will be held on week ending 28-29 September.
WALK TALL: The walking group continues each Saturday morning where they meet at the lake in Windgap at 9.30am. The plan for the next three weeks is Saturday 28th September Carraigmoclear, Saturday 5th October Bearna Breac and all are welcome.
POTTERY CLASSES: Adult Pottery classes commence in Camphill Kyle, on Tuesday 24th and run for eight weeks from 7:30-9:30pm. The courses cost € 100 (all materials included). In addition Children's Classes (age 6-12), start on Wednesday 25th of September and run for 5 weeks from 6pm-7pm, costing € 40 (all materials included). For more information or to book, contact Sonja on 086-3050428.
COMMUNITY ALERT: Windgap Parish Community Alert are about to launch a text service and an appeal is being made for volunteers to man the phone for a limited period. Please give your name to any member of the Community Alert committee. Anyone who want their phone number included in the text please return forms immediately.
CAMOGIE: There was a hugely disappointing turnout by the Windgap Senior panel for the final challenge game in the build up for Saturdays championship tie when they played St. Anne's of Waterford under lights in the St. Mollerans pitch in Carrickbeg on Friday evening. Saving the clubs blushes were an amalgamation of retired players, the old reliables and some young aspiring players, hoping to get a chance to make their Senior championship debut. On the evening the side was Kathleen Purcell, Julie Walsh, Clare Grace, Aisling Foley, Jane Walker Aisling Cody, Joanne Cody, Catherine Foley, Sarah Grace and Annie Phelan.
COMPLIMENTS: Thanks go to the many people who supplied material to this weeks notes and have helped to record the ongoing activities of the community. Contributors and Clubs are invited to email items for publication with a name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday evenings at 6pm. For all the local news, photographs and sport visit the local website windgap.ie